Confession and the Economic Subject

Mads Peter Karlsen, Kaspar Villadsen

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    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2017
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventMarkets, Money and the Sacred: International Perspectives on Economic Theology - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
    Duration: 8 Jul 201710 Jul 2017


    ConferenceMarkets, Money and the Sacred
    LocationCopenhagen Business School
    OtherConference Theme: Economic theology has emerged as a new way of analyzing governance structures, mental dispositions and value dimensions regarding finance, work, corporate bureaucracy, markets and entrepreneurs in advanced capitalist societies. Interpreting economic modernity through the lens of theological concepts stands in the intellectual tradition of key social scientists and philosophers such as Max Weber, Ernst Troeltsch, Émile Durkheim, Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, Michel Foucault and Giorgio Agamben. Today, economic theologians study both the (quasi-)religious practices that underlie contemporary forms of economic organization as well as the theological genealogy of key concepts that are needed to shape these forms, such as gift, debt, choice, sovereignty, commodity, corporation, exception, glory, economy (oikos), office, and providence.<br/>At the conference, world-leading researchers will share their insights into the theological nature of selected economic phenomena, including money, profit, wealth, work/vocation, consumer choice, government, corporation, property, management, leadership and creativity. A special section of the conference will be solely devoted to the economic theologies of Christianity, Islam and Judaism in comparative perspective, and to the economic theologies of major thinkers, including Martin Luther, Adam Smith, and John Maynard Keynes.
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